NYPD Officers Caught Wearing T-Shirts Professing Their Love For “Hunting Of Man”

Queens Warrant Squad.jpegGothamist – by Christopher Robbins

Ernest Hemingway kept a submachine gun in his 38-foot fishing boat in case he came across a German U-boat or an armed marlin, so it’s likely that he would appreciate the utter lack of nuance displayed by the members of the NYPD’s Queens Warrant Squad who wear his words. A tipster passes along this “disturbing” photo taken outside Queens Criminal Court showing members of the squad on-duty, shortly after escorting a woman into court for a misdemeanor charge.

Aside from taking a moronic view of public service culled straight from The Running Man, the shirts appear to violate department policy. NYPD Interim Order P.G. 203-06, “Performance on Duty – Prohibited Conduct,” which was obtained by DNAinfo’s Murray Weiss last year, prohibits NYPD employees from wearing  

any item of apparel which contains a Department logo or shield, or in any way identifies its wearer with the New York City Police Department unless approved by the Uniform and Equipment Review Committee, prior to being worn by a member of the service, uniformed or civilian, on or off-duty.

The tipster says the officers were wearing NYPD badges around their necks. SocialistWorker.org reports that the shirts had the words, “Fugitive Enforcement NYPD,” printed on the front. It’s hard to believe that the Uniform and Equipment Review Committee would approve these shirts, especially given that newly appointed Chief of Department Philip Banks III, was reportedly cracking down on sloppy uniforms last month.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told the Times in 2009:

“One of the things the Marine Corps teaches you is to pay attention to detail, and that your appearance is important,” Mr. Kelly said. “It is important in every business. People who pay attention to their appearance do better.”

2008 Daily News profile notes that the Queens Warrant Squad’s mission is “to apprehend the worst of the worst: people wanted in homicides, nonfatal shootings and strong-arm robberies. Their quarry faces heavy jail time. Some would rather die than get caught.” One detective describes coming “within a hair of death.” Apparently the emotions stirred are so atavistic and primal they can only be adequately described by wearing them on a t-shirt.

Graham Rayman reports that the NYPD’s now-disbanded Street Crimes Unit had the same phrase printed on their shirts.

Last week, the Manhattan warrant squad evacuated a public housing building for hours when they mistakenly believed that a wanted man was barricaded in an apartment.

We’ve sent an email to NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne inquiring as to whether the shirts violate department policy. We don’t expect a response.

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8 thoughts on “NYPD Officers Caught Wearing T-Shirts Professing Their Love For “Hunting Of Man”

  1. They can try and give the image of being bad a** hunter / killers.
    When they become the hunted, let’s see how they handle it then.
    They’ll scream like little girls !
    MEN, who are the real deal, don’t advertise.

  2. Every encounter with police (policy enforcers) must now be assumed that
    they are there to kill you.

  3. Police Force has a whole new meaning in the Police State that we are living in now.
    put a group of them together and see how many good ones there are in the gang.They will do anything they are told to do and justify it in their own minds by saying I am only doing my job.Well a mafia hit man could say the same thing. All of the large cities LEO’s are becoming of the same mindset and that is of militarized thugs! New toys and armored vehicles at their service with a radio call.

  4. Lets see them pigs wear that t-shirt when they are off duty. They are some tough acting punks when they are on duty.

  5. these men are soul less, there is no hope for them, they don’t realize they are already dead. these men are prime examples of why some animals eat their young.

  6. “There’s no hunting like the hunting of a Fascist Policeman, and those who have hunted Fascist Policemen long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter.

    Armed Citizens and a Fascist Police State cannot coexist.

  7. I must say I am a little bit depressed to read that “People who pay attention to their appearance do better.”.
    I am proud to be a bit of a grub at least it’s honest.

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